New York City mayor Bill de Blasio blamed profit-seeking nursing home owners for the horrific coronavirus outbreaks that have dogged New York care facilities, not a New York law that demanded nursing homes accommodate coronavirus patients or risk the wrath of state officials
.@NYCMayor De Blasio on nursing homes: “A lot of these are for-profit organizations. I think there’s going to be a lot of questions about whether they put their residents first or whether they put profit first” pic.twitter.com/KfPZNAXH0d
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 6, 2020
The mayor made the offensive suggestion in an interview on MSNBC today in an attempt to explain why New York appears to have downplayed the circumstance in its long-term care facilities, potentially undercounting coronavirus-related nursing deaths by nearly 1,700.
“A lot of these are for-profit organizations. I think there’s going to be a lot of questions about whether they put their residents first or whether they put profit first,” he said.
Twitter let loose:
Sounds like an excuse for his total failure. He and Cuomo gave the older folks a death sentence
— John Anthony (@JohnAnt95203278) May 6, 2020
The Governor and Mayor sent covid patients to the nursing homes, whether the homes wanted them, or not. Nice try passing the buck!
— Jo Anne moretti (@JoAnneMoretti) May 6, 2020
Oh yes, it’s capitalism’s fault. Let’s not talk about those who die at the hands of Socialist bureaucrats.
— Cat Cat 73 (@CatCas2016) May 6, 2020
If New Yorkers don’t vote this clown out, then he is the mayor they deserve
— Audrey (@hiaudreygrace) May 6, 2020
All the falsehoods and political talking points aside, the logic doesn’t even follow.
Dead residents pay no rent. The profit motive is actually aligned with maintaining a happy, healthy residential population.
— Man-Bear-Pig (@Man_Bear_Pig3) May 6, 2020
The government forced those homes to take recovering COVID-19 patients.
Is this dude serious?
— That Hideous Strength (@CKristol) May 6, 2020
There needs to be a LOT of questions about WHY nursing homes, of all places, were FORCED by NY Governor to take COVID + patients upon release from hospitals. This is tantamount to negligent homicide!
— Sharon Lee (@reagan80mom1) May 6, 2020
Ok. So, from now on we will differentiate FOR PROFIT politicians (who take a salary + kick-backs) from NON profit politicians who donate their entire salary. Fair?
— EriStew (@eenygma_20) May 6, 2020